Programme Associate (Livelihood) SC6
Are you ready to change lives and save the lives of the world's most vulnerable people?
If yes, this opportunity is for you!
WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.
The United Nations World Food Programme is a leading organization delivering food assistance and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. We also support governments of developing countries in their efforts to eliminate hunger and malnutrition by addressing the underlying causes and disparities in access to food and good nutrition to ensure that no one is left behind in line with the Agenda 2030, Sustaining Peace and Agenda for Humanity. WFP is particularly focused on Goal 2 (Zero Hunger) and Goal 17 (Partnerships). Delivering on our mandate of Zero Hunger requires us to have a diverse, inclusive and gender-balanced workforce.
The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to WFP is recognition that ending hunger is a critical first step towards global peace. WFP recognizes that one of the greatest contributions it can make to humanity is to provide a voice to the 690 million hungry people in the world. The Nobel Peace Prize gives us a platform to make their needs heard and to mobilize support for the assistance they need.
WFP supports over 1.4 million people in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh including over 860,000 Rohingya refugees and host community Bangladeshi under the L2 emergency operation. WFP provides food and nutrition assistance to the entire refugee population in the world’s largest refugee camp as well as school meals, nutrition service, and livelihood support to host communities in Cox’s Bazar.
The Bangladesh Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2017-2020 approved by the WFP Executive Board in its first session of 2017 became effective on 1 April 2017. It aims to contribute to four Strategic Outcomes that are aligned to four Strategic Results of SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for Development).
Under the Strategic Objective no. 2, WFP Cox’s Bazar operation has food, nutrition and livelihoods assistance. “Enhancing Food Security and Nutrition/EFSN” seeks to address the underlying drivers of food insecurity and undernutrition by helping some of the most vulnerable inhabitants in host communities to transform their lives. Enhancing Food security and Nutrition is multi-years long project Ukhiya, Teknaf, Moheskhali, Pekua and Kutubdia targeting 45,000 households. EFSN sets up women’s groups, provides them with life skills and technical skills, cash grants for income generating activities.
Reporting to the Head of Livelihoods/Deputy Head of Livelihoods the incumbent’s core responsibility is to support the partners of WFP to smooth implement of EFSN programme, ensuring timely fund management in collaboration with relevant units in line with the donors perspective, MMT, Scope, FLA, budget and expenditure etc. They should have proven partner management skills, and a strong technical experience in livelihood programming.
- Lead on WFP Digital platform activities (WINGS) of unit, facilitate the grant-making process on time such as raising PR/PO, and closure of POs.
- Co-ordinate with business support assistant, providing practical advice and guidance, to contribute to delivering objectives to agreed standards and deadlines.
- Manage workflow process of grants, ensure impeccable timeliness and accuracy of all tasks.
- Work closely with NGO Partnership unit for timely signing of FLAs and creation of Purchase Orders.
- Liaise with Cash based transfer units and finance unit for facilitating the fund release process.
- Maintain monthly internal grant data statistics, reports, and custom analysis as needed, for the unit, which includes FLAs vs expenditures [head wise] and current Fund Reserve status and Terminal Disbursement Dates.
- Coordinate and communicate with relevant units for resource release, disbursement, cash pipeline to ensure smooth distribution, and respond to complaints and other finance/administrative related issues.
- Maintain, and ensure proper grants records are in place and consistently followed, including but not limited to Note for records, Field level agreements, Purchase request, POs, Invoices in both hard and soft.
- Ensure project documentation is compliant, Standard Operating Procedures are up to date, and financial procurement procedures are followed by the NGO partner organisation.
- Conduct periodical field visit to assess the performance of field staff considering the technical as well as facilitation skills.
- Supervise Programme Assistant based in Teknaf and Ukhiya and provide hands on training to them for their capacity building.
- Based on the assessment of on staff performance design and prepare advance technical training module on agriculture and financial management for the cooperating partners (CP) staff members.
- Facilitate technical and financial training session, provide necessary feedback on the quality of trainings, and ensure lessons learned from past EFSN project phases are incorporated into programme activities.
- Handle the corporate processes involving WFP’s cooperating partners like assessment of Request for Proposal (RFP)/project proposals for CP selection, conduct/ facilitate annual CP performance evaluation etc.), and provide inputs for reports and agreement development.
- Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP can quickly respond and deploy needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis.
- Support with the internal database management and operations as necessary.
- Any other duty assigned by supervisor/management.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: University degree (bachelor’s or master’s) in agriculture, social sciences, development studies, economics, accounting, finance or any other relevant studies.
Experience : A minimum of five years of progressively responsible work experience including at least three years in managing financial transaction through online platform such as WINGS, ITS, COMET or any other relevant platform for implementing livelihoods programmes including oversee total activities of partners, conducting training, grant reporting, proposal review, cooprating partner performance evaluation, RFP review, project budget etc.
Experience working in programmes such as income generating activities, cash-based interventions, mobile money transfer and women’s empowerment activities for the poor and vulnerable will be considered as an asset.
Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Bangla.
Knowledge & Skills: Good facilitation skill, vast knowledge on M&E, reporting, accountability , computer skill including word processing, spreadsheet and other WFP standard software packages and systems. General knowledge of UN system administrative policies, rules, regulations and procedures in the area of administration.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Type of Contract : Service Contract
Duty Station : Cox’s Bazar ,Bangladesh
Contract Duration : Twelve (12) months
Posi No. : One (1)
Monthly Salary : BDT. 114,638
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
26 July 2021 23:59 GMT
This vacancy announcement is for Bangladeshi Nationals. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.
To be considered, interested candidates are encouraged to apply through the WFP careers website: LINK
Female applicants and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organisation. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection & recruitment process, and for work-related needs upon joining the Programme. WFP has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority or discrimination. All selected candidates will, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.